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  • Impressive: striking brown or black leather
  • Elegant, yet simple
  • Handcrafted
  • 8 x 10 in size
  • Displays 20-40 bordered, professionally printed 5x7s from your session
  • Includes a variety of color and/or black and white images
  • 2.5×2.5 opening for a cover image
  • Safe and long-lasting:  archival and acid-free materials used.  Comes in a fabric-lined presentation box, too!
  • EVERY edited image from your session is given to you  (if it’s not in an album for you, you’ll leave with it in your hands)
  • Smokin’ Deal for $400 (if you were to purchase all the 5x7s at the a la carte price there would be no comparison!)
  • Convenient:  it’s DONE for you so you can start showing it off as soon as it’s in your hands!  🙂

I had the pleasure of putting together a session album this weekend for one absolutely stunning newborn boy.  His mom told me via email that she cries every time she sees his slideshow (she wants to remember those times!) and that was my goal for his album, too.  I wanted to pull on her heart strings.  🙂  It’s SO touching and amazing when images move people.  I just LOVE that part about this job.  

As I was going over the session album with her in her office, she was beaming turning the pages…and you know what she said??? 

She said, “Maggie, I’m SO glad you captured those swirls of hair on his arm, because they’re gone now.”  *****I felt like a rockstar because YES…she’s so right.  Who (besides a photographer) has a macro lens and/or thinks about zooming in on arm hair?  It’s those little special things that I love. 

SO you’re thinking…okay, I just had a family session, and while I love a bunch of the images, I don’t need EVERY single one in an album…SURE YOU DO!!! 🙂  Sure every image from your session isn’t going be your absolute fave.  BUT…the cool thing is that all the images together tell a story.  Those pictures fit together like puzzle pieces and when they’re all together, there’s nothing like it! 

So, think about the session album.  It’s a great way to have everything, but not have to DO anything (frames, etc).  Knowing how much my kiddos look at old digital scrapbooks I have, I know if I had an album like this, it would definitely be one of the most popular “books” at our home.  It’d have to be viewed with a parent, of course though!!!   🙂

Have a great one!  We’re off to the mountains for the day…ahhhhh………   ~m

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One thing I really looked forward to with both of my kiddos was sending out a birth announcement.   Why, you ask???  🙂

Because I loved:

*choosing the image and card that complimented that image the best

*sending something in the MAIL (gasp!) because life is so digital these days

*sharing our new little love with everyone 

 

When my pal, L, asked me about announcements for her little one, I was excited to gather some up for her…this post is basically to show some options.  So, if you like one better than the other, let us know!

Here are 3 more choices in pink (mom’s request).  Background colors can be changed, images can be swapped, etc. 

^  #2

 

^  #3

^ #4

Have a great day!   ~m

 

 

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{ My fav close up}

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Storyboard showing how much fun he was having with this cute antique horn — I remember that thing from when I was little!

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Just had to say thanks to Steph for the lovely flowers…they brightened up a tough day.  I truly appreciate it, girl!  {mwah!} 

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Peach taking a look at ONE SHEEP.  The only one that didn’t run a mile away.  🙂

Things have been super busy here!  I’m editing away, preparing images for slideshows and galleries.   If you’re interested in scheduling a session, don’t hesitate to send me an email — even if it’s to tentatively put you or someone in your family on the calendar for a couple months away. 

My schedule is full for March.  April is quickly filling up!  [I am holding a couple spots in March and April for newborns, however!]     Thank you all for your daily blog visits, kind words, and for allowing me to photograph you and /or your loved ones.  I am having SO much fun combining our visions and just love being creative.  🙂

Oh, and for all those newborns coming up, I have several cozy items making their way here…think cocoon!  🙂   I’m off to edit!  ~m

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Music=me

Many of you that know me, know that I love to sing.  I used to dream about being on the stage (an opera star!) and was almost finished getting my degree in vocal performance when I met my hubby.  I decided then that I wanted a more stable career and found myself in school for many more years after the music degree, on the education track. 

Are you curious where I’m going with all of this???

Welllll…mixing two of my passions, photography and music, is great fun.  Music absolutely has the ability to move people, as images do.  When I present images to my clients, it’s always fun and exciting to show their images in a slideshow format.  There’s something about merging pictures of loved ones, with the uplifting beats and swells of music that really pulls at your heart strings, at least mine.  To me, the more senses that are heightened, the more meaningful the experience. 

One struggle with the whole music/slideshow thing is finding appealing royalty-free music or music that’s actually COOL that I can purchase a license to.  Know of any???  (Pllllllease????)  The Michelle Featherstone songs on my website are the best I’ve found…  

I’ve also tried to contact several super cool artists, but it’s at least $1,000 to buy a year license to have their music on my site OR I just never hear back — unbelievable!  So, while I’m jonesin’ for my fav songs, I’m trying my best to find songs that are uplifting, light, and fun in the world of royalty-free music.  It’s hard to be so limited, especially when this matters so much to me. 

Wanna see a slideshow???

I met with a mom today to watch her slideshow.  We were both wiping tears away afterward.  I was standing behind her, listening to the dancing guitar, watching her reactions to all the images, and it seriously choked me up.  I LOVE this.  I love being able to capture children, families, pregnant women…times that are now long gone, but have been recorded behind the camera lens.

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Here’s a teaser….how about a whole session with this adorable family???

****CLICK HERE****for 2 minutes of slideshow sweetness!!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!  ~m

Oh, and I am constantly on the lookout for new artists–MySpace is supposed to be an excellent place to get permission from unsigned artists.  I’ve been looking — if you find something folky/acoustic and fun, please let me know! 

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Get ready blog readers…I have FIVE, yup, you heard it…FIVE maternity sessions this month.  Wooo wee.  I’m thrilled to meet all the women who currently have a little babe in their belly (and all those little babes!).

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{look at that perfect belly!  good timing with the birds in the water, too!}

This afternoon I met with O, who was so much fun to hang out with.  She radiated warmth and positivity, and of course that pregnant glow.  She couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful her pregnancy journey, thus far, has been.  I am so thrilled for her and her husband.  Their first baby (a boy!) is due mid-March, so be on the lookout for another adorable newborn to grace these blog pages. 

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{i love her smile here and how she’s cradling her belly} 

“O” chose “The Duo” package (custom maternity + newborn session + a special storyboard), which is such a deal!  Maternity sessions are great fun…newborn sessions are amazing…and I love designing storyboards.  Can’t wait to see you again, O, with your new little baby.   🙂 

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{see that glow I was talking about?}

Off to edit more pics!  ~m

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Hang THIS puppy up!

On a whim, I decided to get a gallery wrapped canvas a month or so ago as a sample for clients (and artwork for me!).  Although I LOVE pictures and fine things, it was truly difficult for me to spend such money to buy something for my wall.  Let me tell you — SO worth every penny.  I’m planning on purchasing a bunch more now…  Everyone that enters my house comments on the canvas.  It is just stunning and something I’ll treasure for a very long time.

Love this image of Peach and Fella. 

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So, what in the world is it???

Gallery wrapped canvas is:  your chosen image printed on canvas and then stretched over a custom wood frame.  This work of art comes ready to be hung — no frame needed at all!  Not only can you order one large image for your home, you can also combine images and get a series of canvases.  (2 or 3 10×10 or 20×20 canvases).  

I just LOVE this look so much.  Classy, chic, modern, trendy (have you seen the canvases on the walls in the new Pottery Barn Kids catalogue?) and quite a conversation piece. 

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^ Close up so you can see the edge of the canvas.  You can choose to have a border around your canvas (like the black one I chose here) or wrap your entire picture around it (no border, just image on the sides).  

The size of this particular canvas is a 16×20.  Although that seems large, since even an 8 x 10 seems big sometimes,  in my house it actually looks SMALL!  I really wish I would have ordered a 20×24!  Maybe next time!

If you’re interested, gallery wrapped canvas starts at $200.   They are all UV coated, which adds durability, longevity and colorfastness.    One amazing factoid is that black and white images tend to last 100-150 years, and color, roughly 60 years.   These will be around for a loooong time.  🙂

Have a great day.  🙂    ~m

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Got an email from my pal in Colorado.  Remember the baby session I did there in December?  Well, she’s interested in checking out some storyboards, so I got right to work.  Decided to post them here because it’s not like I can meet with her anytime soon.  😦  Sooooo far away… 

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Storyboards are so fun to design.  They come in various sizes, usually a long rectangle (10×30 is common) of 2-5 images OR a square (20×20 or 12×12) that has 2-4 images.  These images are all surrounded by white and when sent to the professional lab, they are sprayed with a protective coating and mounted on 2mm styrene board for longevity.  These mounted images look incredibly professional and modern.  They can be placed in a frame OR the coolest thing lately is putting them up on your wall with Velcro!  

I am THRILLED to say that my office is going to be covered with mounted prints and storyboards (with Velcro on the back).  That way, I can arrange them collage-like.  I’ve already started ordering a favorite image from each session I’ve done, so if you’ve had a photo session with me, you’ll make a debut on “the wall.” 

 I promise I’ll show pics as I start…that means I’ll have to clean the office though, which will probably take a couple months (hah!). 

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Quote says “Sometimes it’s the smallish things that take up the most room in our heart”

~A.A. Milne

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Most of these images were a special request from my pal in CO (some I threw in that I thought looked great).    You can choose to further personalize storyboards with wording (name, age, date, favorite quote or poem, etc.) OR leave them completely blank.  After C sees these, we might switch a picture or two out (or switch the position of one).     There are so many possibilities and I’m always open for creative ideas

 Thanks for reading and I hope you like, C!    ~m

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{More pettiskirt images for your viewing pleasure}   

This bright orange and hot pink pettiskirt is a guaranteed day brightener!  Can’t wait for some more little ladies to give these a whirl.  🙂 

In May, be on the lookout for a Fresh Faces search for a 1-5 year old pettiskirt model.  I am soooo excited!   But first, Fresh Faces mommas-to-be and their babies…COMING SOON!    ~m

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Aren’t pettiskirts on little girls irresistible?  I mean, talk about C-U-T-E!

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 When Peach put this on, she was a twirling maniac!!!  She felt like a million bucks and totally turned into a mini-diva.  🙂  This jewel-toned skirt is sooo full and soft.  Thankfully, it’s not like those crunchy uncomfy things I used to wear for dress up.  We had SO much fun at this photo session. 

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^ Recognize this image???  Anyone???

I have two pettis available for little gals to wear.  I only ask that you schedule a portrait session just for your little lady (and don’t tack it onto a family session) because I don’t want to take time away from family pics.  This is one separate session JUST for your gal.  🙂  

I know there’s one little diva about to turn one whose mommy won’t be able to resist putting her into one of these at her upcoming shoot.  Be on the lookout!

More images to come tomorrow of this skirt and the other one (ultra HOT pink — yeow)!     ~m

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